Subsidiary capability upgrading and parent-subsidiary relationship: insights from a Chinese acquisition in the UK

Shaowei He, Zaheer Khan, Rob van Tulder (Editor), Alain Verbeke (Editor), Rian Drogendijk (Editor)

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Abstract

Purpose: - This study aims to explore capability upgrading of EMNE’s subsidiaries in developed countries and how the parent-subsidiary relationship influences such upgrading. Design/methodology/approach: - The study adopts an interdisciplinary approach to capability upgrading of EMNEs subsidiaries in developed countries. It employs a single case study to explore this under-research area. Finding: - the analysis challenges the orthodox view and suggests broad based capability upgrading has taken place in the EMNE acquired subsidiaries ranging from product, process, functional to intersectoral. In addition, the capability upgrading was contingent on the degree of subsidiary autonomy and subsidiary mandates. Originality/value: - This study represents one of the first to examine capability upgrading and parent-subsidiary relationship in the context of EMNEs’ internationalisation activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Global Organizing
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald
Pages127-141
Number of pages430
Volume10
ISBN (Print)9781785604232
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

Publication series

NameProgress in international business research

Keywords

  • China
  • Emerging economy multinational enterprises
  • autonomy
  • capability upgrading
  • mandates
  • parent-subsidiary relationship
  • subsidiary

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    He, S., Khan, Z., van Tulder, R. (Ed.), Verbeke, A. (Ed.), & Drogendijk, R. (Ed.) (2015). Subsidiary capability upgrading and parent-subsidiary relationship: insights from a Chinese acquisition in the UK. In The Future of Global Organizing (Vol. 10, pp. 127-141). (Progress in international business research). Emerald. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1745-886220150000010012